Another benefit of blogging and one that came as a surprise to me, is the much-needed boost to my sewing. Projects that have been loitering in my cupboard (or sometimes in my head!) have risen to the top of the to-do pile because of commitments that I made publicly on my blog! Hopefully this will continue, although there are so many inspiring and beautiful projects around that it is so tempting to sign up to everything. Fortunately, or unfortunately, having to wait for fabrics to be delivered by post works as a reality check :)
One of the projects that was loitering in my head was putting together a zipped purse for my yo-yo makers. I love using up scraps of fabric for yo-yo's often without any plan in mind of what to do with them. They always come in handy for decorating bags, purses, etc., and even at Christmas bottles of linen water! Until now though the various different makers were tossed together in a drawer, but no longer.
With my thrifty hat on I used up scraps for the patches, the zip was on sale in the local fabric shop and the lining, with pocket, was yet another make from one of my husband's shirts. I am certainly getting great value out of these shirts! Of course, I had to decorate the purse with some yo-yo's too.
I was pretty pleased with the purse, although must admit that I made the classic mistake of forgetting to open the zip when I stitched the exteriors and linings together! Cue some furious muttering and a broken nail before the zip was opened and I could turn out the purse.
With one month gone and today being WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced here is my list of projects completed, ongoing and still waiting.
- Reindeer Cushion
- Shades of Green, Fleur Bleu and Checkered Heart cushions
- Orphan Block needle roll
- Pieced arc tea towel
- 9 blocks of Sew Happy QAL (up-to-date)
- 2 blocks of In Color Order HST BOM (up-to-date)
- (Almost) Irish Chain quilt
- Sunflower Quilt
- Last block of Sampler quilt - no progress but it is in the UK and I am in Latvia!
- Amy Butler bag
- Bag Making Bible Fashionista Bag
- Dragon Bag
- Patchwork Block bag
- Christmas mini quilts
- Craftsy BOM which I have signed up for but haven't looked at yet!
Oh dear, that no progress list is longer than I thought, will have to hope that the sewing boost keeps going! More snow will probably help too, as will being a winner in the Fugly Fabric Party! Erin at Missy Mac Creation's fugly fabric is heading this way as I was the lucky winner of her fabric giveaway, a nice end to my first month of blogging, don't you agree?
Linking to Coastal Charms Nifty Thrifty Tuesday